HTC Deluxe leaks as 5-inch Note 2 rival for the world

The phone could be a worldwide variant of the Droid DNA and the J Butterfly.

HTC could be cooking up a 5-inch smart phone for the UK, if new leaks are to be believed.

A render of the so-called HTC Deluxe was posted to Twitter by mobile tipster evleaks, and is apparently a "global edition" of the phone. It's always worth taking rumours like this with a pinch of salt, though there are other 5-inch HTC mobiles out there that make this leak a bit more credible.

The palm-stretching mobile looks likely to be a European variant of the HTC Droid DNA , which features a 5-inch display, a quad-core processor and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. That screen has a 1080p resolution to boot.

There's a Japanese variant doing the rounds too, dubbed the HTC J Butterfly , which frankly is a far superior name to 'Deluxe'. Where's our J Butterfly, eh, HTC?

The Droid DNA has already been reviewed by our US colleagues, who said, "Text and details in photo and video looked crisp and colours vibrant," while also praising the phone's power and a sterling design.

Lots to be excited about then, though that review also noted a frustrating lack of a microSD card slot, and a bulky frame that makes the phone hard to squeeze into your pockets.

HTC is in a spot of trouble right now, having recently seen a dramatic drop in the number of smart phones it's flogging. I know big phones like the Galaxy Note 2 have the potential to be popular, but is HTC coming too late to the big-screen party? Tell me in the comments or on our Facebook wall.

Image credit: evleaks

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Luke Westaway is a senior editor at CNET and writer/ presenter of Adventures in Tech, a thrilling gadget show produced in our London office. Luke's focus is on keeping you in the loop with a mix of video, features, expert opinion and analysis.


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